It’s been a long week for my honey – holiday weeks are always crazy in the grocery industry. The perfect solution was a date night in. Apps and drinks were on the menu:
– A few of our favorite cheeses: whiskey cheddar, manchego and 5-year gouda
– Caprese skewers: tomato, mozzarella and basil drizzled with EVOO and balsamic
– Spicy mango shrimp: ginger sauteed shrimp, fresh mango, red onion, jalapeno and lime
– martinis and a vodka tonic
After a few days in Texas I’ve settled into a routine. Get up, get out for a walk, come home (sweating buckets), make some breakfast and try to start my day. Spend at least an hour fighting with the wifi in our apartment to try to get it to like my laptop, only to have both cable and internet go out for the day. Give up, go to Starbucks for some much needed coffee and free wifi access. Apply for a job or two. Deal with relocation paperwork. Surf Facebook.
You get the drift.
So today I got started a little late. Just a half an hour late… but it was enough. Whew – it was TOASTY by the time I got back from my walk! 86 degrees, 75% humidity. Don’t forget, I’m a Northwest girl and although I love the heat, I’m still getting used to working out in it. That being said, it was a lovely 3.5 mile walk around TownCentre and I just can’t complain about the view.
Since breakfast turned into brunch, I thought I’d go for the protein to hold me through until dinner. A couple of eggs, leftover pork tenderloin and some pan seared avocado and I’m ready to take on the rest of my day!
Today I have a laundry list of things to accomplish, including cleaning my office, organizing the garage and making a quick run to Goodwill. This means it’s likely I’ll forget to eat until dinner time, so a hearty breakfast is in order. Have I mentioned I love my grill? Boar’s Head beef hotdogs sizzling away, eggs frying on the side burner. Add a little dipping sauce of dijon, sour cream, honey and cayenne and a hearty cup o’ joe in my Frosted Flakes mug. It’s ggggreat! Now, off to tackle my day…
Sometimes you need comfort food. Like today, when you are one day away from June, with rain in the skies and temperatures not willing to pass the low 60’s. A perfect night for rich flavors, all from the grill. Our grill has a side burner, so I don’t have to split time between the kitchen and patio, I can do all of my cooking in one place. Tonight, dinner was sautéd mushrooms with onions, garlic and lemon, a sauce of fig and ginger compote, balsamic vinegar, chicken broth and my favorite, heavy whipping cream. With a grilled medley of romaine, asparagus and radishes with blue cheese dressing on the side and a glass of Malbec, this meal is a WINNER.